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Noise in the Library

October 18th, 2010 by Amy Kautzman

SUGGESTION: It has occurred to me that there are people in this library, UCD, who come here to enjoy a social setting which involves talking ridiculously loud and or talking on their cell phones. While I’m not against this totally, I do place concern in that the entire library is open to being quite loud at any possible moment and is most of the time. Library to me is a quiet place of learning, but common to my belief this is not what is practiced here at UC Davis. So my suggestion is this, “Please designate quiet areas around the library. It is large enough for different types of studying, people who want “QUIET,” and areas for people who are here for study group or social hour in which they could talk loudly without bothering those who want it quiet.”

ANSWER: There is an ongoing tension between those who enter the library to engage in quiet contemplation and those who are meeting classmates to engage in group study. For that reason Shields Library does have designated quiet study areas. These are located on the second floor and can be found within the Main and Nelly Branch Reading Rooms. There are also other areas that are quiet by default of their location. If you want to know where they are located, ask at our Reference or Circulation Desks.

If a group of students is making too much noise, please let us know at the Circulation Desk and we’ll have our security guard ask the group to be more considerate of others or ask them to consider moving to one of our more noisy locations.

The Library is a place of research in action and thus will never be completely quiet. But we do strive to allow for all modes of studying. Hopefully, with this knowledge you’ll be able to find a favorite spot to settle down in.